Lower The Age of Consent? Are You Mad?

Hey Guys,

Let me jump right in. This morning while going through my Jamaica Gleaner I came across this letter to the editor Lower Age of Consent to 14  for those of you too lazy  busy to click let me give you the gist of the article

When will our legislators appreciate that it is universally accepted that females, on average, by natural law, reach maturity to bear children at age 14 and that is why the age of consent was fixed at 14?Legislators, perhaps oblivious of the reason for the age of consent to have been fixed at 14, moved the age of consent to 16, making criminals of boys and girls and adults.Now some are even calling for an increase in the age of consent from 16 and may soon be calling for it to be raised to 60 or beyond to free the world of human beings.I am calling for all to respect natural law in general and in relation to the subject of carnal abuse and for the age of consent to be refixed at 14 as planned by the Creator.

Now, it is not my usual stance to take on madness but I have recently given in to the realization that I am surrounded. Case in point this letter to the editor. I will not type what was my initial thought I wish not to lash out but to show that no well thinking person would entertain the notion of lowering the age of consent to 14. I would rather not discredit the conversation this man clearly had with the creator to determine the natural law and the rightful age of consent but I cannot help but point out that at 14 years of age a child is simply not ready. The fact that I even had to write that sentence is stressful within itself.

Times change and back when the legal age was 14 it was because mortality rates where extremely high. Simply put we didn’t if we would live to see 24 much less 30, it’s safe to say with the advance in science and technology that has changed. What hasn’t changed is that a child is still a child and saying bam! “it is now legal for 14yr olds to have sex with 45 yr olds” won’t make it any less awful.

Notice that this man only advocates in respect to the female focusing on childbearing etc but the fact is a 14 yr old male is also not ready for the ramifications of a early sexual experience.

In light of the recent instances of child abuse that have been brought to our attention I am not surprised to see this, the scary fact is many a men think this way. However, I must ask why stop at 14 why not continue to 12 and 10? What I am seeing here and in society is a move to fix a situation instead of the problem. Lower the age of consent and there will be less child molesters and no child abuse but honestly this is not the way. We are again teaching children that society is finding an excuse, an excuse to not just outright say “Listen, as a big horse steering man/woman you need to recognize and respect the fact that this is a child and leave them alone”. There is no room for grey areas and if you have people around you trying to make this grey then give them a side eye and re-evaluate that friendship.

Not too long ago Sandra Falconer voiced that she wanted the age of consent to be raised to 18:

I think as a country, the time has come for us to look at the age of consent. If you cannot vote until you are age 18 years, you cannot legally drink until you are age 18 years, why then should our 16 year old girls or boys be allowed to have sex. I do not think they should be allowed to consent, because at that time they are not equipped to make decisions,” she stated.

She believes that raising the age of consent will help to counteract the country’s high rate of teenage pregnancy, and address the breakdown of morals in the society. The Minister said that too many children are having children, which they not equipped to care for.This, she said, is leading to a breakdown in the family structure and fueling the country’s crime problem.

Are we simply going to ignore what she had to say? Are we going to ignore the physical and mental ramifications that our children have to go through when assaulted? Or are we going to just sweep this perversion aside as “Natural law”.

Another thing that I struggle with here is WHY/HOW he felt comfortable enough to write such a letter, my only consolation is that the comments below it are in keeping with how I feel, “disdain”. Lowering the age of consent wont solve the problem, arresting child abusers (family or not) ,enforcing child abuse laws and increasing the punishment will let men like Owen Crosbie think twice about this natural law he is so committed to.

In a perfect world, authorities would find Mr. Crosbie and check the children around him but that’s a whole other issue we face here on this island.



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